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« on: February 11, 2008 04:43:11 PM »

I just love Craftster, so many wonderful ideas!  So this is my first embroidery project.  I got this cute hoodie from JCPenny's on sale for like $6.95.  It was your basic blue.  I have always loved the blue bird tattoo (and I have a real one myself on my shoulder) so that was my "insperatu"

When that went reasonably well I moved onto my jeans.

I am thrilled at how they came out!  I just love the book Doodle-Stitching, it gave me the confidence to try embroidery.  Normally I'm a knitter (and stained glass craftster).  Well, thanks for looking, I love to see all of your work! 

Quick question for you all, I just threw my hoodie in the wash and it came out reasonable unscathed.  Do most of you hand wash/ line dry things that are stiched on?  I'm so darn lazy about hand washing so I don't really see myself taking much care with the jeans, what have been your experience?  I don't want to go all crazy and stich all over everything if it will pull out and look craptacular after being washed a few times.

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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2008 04:50:24 PM »

I love them both. I picked up the doodle stitch book and hope to try it out soon!

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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2008 05:04:48 PM »

I especially love the hoodie, too!  I have some embroidered pillowcases that my great grandma did WAY before I was born, maybe before my mom was born and not only do I launder them in the washer with my stuff, they even get a little bleach now and again.  However, I do have a front-loader washing machine which is MUCH gentler on fabric than most top-loaders, so while you can probably wash them w/o worrying, maybe put them in one of those mesh bags for sweaters and such.
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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2008 05:08:49 PM »

The embroidery thread might get a little fuzzy and lose a little gloss after going through the machine - but I suspect that's exactly what would happen with day to day wear anyway.

The biggest fear from the wash would be if something snagged on a thread, and pulled it. But your stitches are beautiful and seem small, so provided all the thread ends are secure at the back, it shouldn't be a problem.

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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2008 05:22:57 PM »

Oh to have the patience to do embroidery. I love the bluebird tattoo though. Am currently working on a t-shirt design with swallows on but am fabric painting because I am so impatient!

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« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2008 07:20:47 PM »

wow!  some great looking work and some challenging materials to start out on Smiley  I wash embroidery in the machine the only extra care I take is I don't always throw those items in the dryer especially if they are stretch knits.  so far no tragedies Smiley

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